Pope Francis, ex-Pope Benedict receive first vaccination at the Vatican

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Francis, who is 84, had part of a lung removed due to an illness in his 20s, so he would be a high-risk patient if he were to contract the virus.

Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict, at the Vatican received their first vaccination against COVID-19, the Vatican said on Thursday.

The Vatican began its vaccine roll-out on Wednesday.

It said health-care workers, security personnel and the elderly would be first in line, as well as personnel who have frequent contact with the public.

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In recent months, there have been several Coronavirus outbreaks in the Vatican, including among members of the Swiss Guard.

Francis, who is 84, had part of a lung removed due to an illness in his 20s, so he would be a high-risk patient if he were to contract the virus.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who is 93, also lives within the small city-state that is surrounded by Rome.

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